Man Sentenced To Death By Hanging For Killing Wife

Man Sentenced To Seven Years Imprisonment for Raping OctogenarianA Lagos High Court in Ikeja has sentenced a man, Sulaiman Olalekan, to death by hanging for the murder of his wife, Mrs Chika Egbo on November 20, 2012 in a case of domestic violence.

In a judgement passed on Thursday, in a statement signed by the Assistant Director, Public Affairs, of the Ministry Of Justice, Kayode Oyekanmi.

The convict (Olalekan), on the fateful day, allegedly poured acid on his wife, having become overwhelmed by the fact that the deceased went back to prostitution against his best advice.

Trial judge, Justice Lawal Akapo, in his judgment, convicted Olalekan for the murder of his wife and sentenced him to death accordingly.

In line with the zero tolerance posture of the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration on issues of domestic violence, the Lagos State Government through the State’s Ministry of Justice, took over the prosecution of the case and filed necessary processes in court.

Olalekan reportedly met the deceased at Signal Hotel in Ijeshatedo area of Lagos state, where they started a relationship that resulted in marriage.

However, the deceased reportedly reneged on her commitment to the relationship by returning to prostitution, which caused Olalekan to procure acid from a battery charger in Ikotun area of the state and deceitfully invited her to visit with his mother on the said day when he poured raw acid on the deceased.

The victim was admitted at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) for emergency treatment, where she eventually died.

Arriving at his judgment, Justice Akapo, said he believed that the murder of Chika Egbo by Olalekan was premeditated.

In reaction to the judgment, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem, who was the lead prosecuting counsel, thanked the court for a well-considered punishment.

“Today’s judgment is a victory in our fight against domestic violence and a victory for domestic violence victims”.

This is coming as a fulfilment of Governor Ambode’s 2016 pledge to make Lagos uncomfortable for perpetrators of domestic violence, after leading an All-Male Walk against Sexual and Gender Based Violence.

Army Recovers 192 Cattle From Rustlers In Niger

cattle rustlers-ArmyThe 31 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Minna, Niger State, says it has dislodged cattle rustlers camp in Bagabaga village, located within Alawa forest, Rafi Local Government in the state, recovering 100 cows and 92 sheep.

According to a statement from the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations of the Nigerian Army, Captain Njideka Agwu, the operation was led by the Brigade Task Force Commander, Lt Col. Dzarma Zirkushu. Other items recovered include 70 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 19 cartridges of double barrel, one locally made revolver pistol, one empty AK-47 magazine, three handsets and a motorcycle.

Mrs Agwu said that Army authorities had handed over the livestock to the Chairman of the Local Government Council, in the presence of the DSS officer in charge of the council, Mr Barnabas Idzi, the representative of the Nigerian Police, Mr Lawal Yinusa and District Head Alawa, Alhaji Shehu Adamu Gajere.

She added that the aim of the operation was to get rid of banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities in the area, warning that the Brigade, under the leadership of Brigadier General Baba Ibrahim, would not tolerate criminal acts in the area.

“I want to categorically state that the Brigade will not condone any form of banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping, rape or any form of criminality in its area of responsibility,” she said.

The Army spokesperson admonished members of the public to go about their normal business without fear of intimidation and also called on any person with useful information to report to the nearest security agency.

Meanwhile, the Police Commissioner in Niger State, Abubakar Marafa, has said that since his arrival in the last two months, there had been no single case of cattle rustling in any part of the state, while cases of kidnapping have reduced to the barest minimum.

He also said that he had warned cattle rustlers, kidnappers, armed robbers and other sundry criminals to leave Niger State, vowing that he was prepared to take the battle to their hideouts across the forest areas of the state.

Group Protests Alleged Disengagement By PTI

ptiA group who claimed to be workers of the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI) in Effurun, Delta State, are protesting their alleged unlawful disengagement by the management of the institute.

The said workers took to the streets of Effurun while appealing to the Federal Government to look into the issue.

They demanded for their reinstatement into the institution and payment of their entitlements.

Reacting to the protest, the Assistant Director, Public Affairs of Institute, Mr Brown Okanifelime, debunked their claims, insisting that the institute is not indebted to them.

Mr Okanifelime also said that the PTI had no contract staff among its personnel.

INEC Chairman; Jega Urges RECs To Remain Focused

jegaThe Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, has advised Resident Electoral Commissioners to be more focused in order to deliver free, fair and credible elections.

Professor Jega in his opening remarks to the Resident Electoral Commissioners in Abuja on Wednesday before meeting with them behind closed doors, says Nigerians are yearning for credible elections and the commission is prepared to do its best.

He appealed to Nigerians to team up with the commission to ensure a free and fair election, saying all Nigerians have a role to play in ensuring that the conduct of elections that will be generally acceptable.

While the meeting with the commissioners continued behind closed doors, a group called the Original Abuja Inhabitants staged a protest outside the commission over the use of card readers during the general  elections.

An attempt by the Assistant Director, Security of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mr Victor Egbo, to address the protesters was resisted.

The meeting, according to Professor Jega, was aimed at reviewing outstanding issues relating to the Permanent Voters Cards, field testing of the card readers among other issues.

The protest by Original Abuja Inhabitants may be an indication that the commission has more work to do in convincing Nigerians on the importance of card readers for the general elections.

Ebola Update: Fashola Gives N76m To First Consultant Hospital, Others

First consultantThe Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has donated N50 million to First Consultant Medical Centre, Obalende, where the index case of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), was reported.

This was stated in a press release by the Ministry Of Health, which was signed by the Assistant Director, Press & Public Relations, Tunbosun Ogunbanwo.

The Governor also presented N26 million to all the 13 EVD casualties and survivors in the state to enable them carry on with their lives.

The Governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, at a brief cheque presentation ceremony held at the Ministry of Health’s Conference Room, Alausa commended the survivors for the roles they played in the containment of EVD, adding that the gesture goes to show that the State Government had not forgotten the sacrifices made by both survivors and casualties of EVD.

He explained that each of the 13 survivors and relatives of the dead victims would get N2 million each as government support for their humanitarian service during the containment, while the First Consultant Medical Centre, who bore the brunt of the outbreak of the disease would get N50 million.

He added that the State Government would also support the facility in any way it can to bring the facility back to business.

Fashola, who described the gesture as a support to the heroes and heroines of the Ebola-Free Nigeria, noted that it was not a compensation but an act of showing compassion for a group of highly patriotic Nigerians who rescued the nation from a deadly epidemic at their own expense.

According to Fashola, the outbreak and eventual containment of the disease was a phenomenon, adding that since the outbreak of EVD till date, Nigeria had only contributed 0.22% and 0.18% to the global burden of the suspected confirmed cases and deaths respectively.

The Governor added that the State Government is addressing some issues which emanates from the containment of the deadly disease stressing that these includes the issues of stigmatization, level of preparedness for outbreak of infectious diseases, upgrade of infectious disease hospital to handle any infectious disease and delving into research to contribute to the body of knowledge for EVD.

“We cannot compensate First Consultant Medical Centre fully for their losses. We want to show our appreciation to the facility, the survivors and families of the dead victims for their sacrifices that made containment of the disease possible.

“We would do all within our powers to bring the facility back on its feet and in business and re-secure the patronage of their customers.”

He concluded that the facility has been decontaminated and have been certified by the World Health Organization to be fit to return to the business of medical services stressing that he, including officials of the State Ministry have also visited the facility.

The Chief Medical Director of First Consultant Medical Centre, Benjamin Ohaeri, thanked the Governor and the State Government for the gesture stressing that this would restore hope and enliven the atmosphere at the hospital, as well as boost the morale of the personnel.

Also present at the ceremony were the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba; Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr. Wale Ahmed; Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment, Dr. Taofik Folami; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. ‘Modele Osunkiyesi and Permanent Secretary PHC Board, Dr. Kayode Oguntimehin.

Physical Exercise Reduces Incidences Of Cancer – JUTH

JUTHPhysical exercise has been found to have the capacity to reduce the incidences of cancer in people who practice it.

The assertion was made by Mr Henry Onowe, Assistant Director, Physiotherapy Department, Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) during the 2014 world physical therapy day organised by the Nigeria society of physiotherapy, Plateau State.

In his lecture at the occasion, titled “fit to take part or perform”, Dr. Onowe said lifestyle of most cancer patients can be modified with exercise.

The Plateau State Chairman, Nigeria society of physiotherapy, Dr. Samuel Adedayo, said the contribution of physiotherapist to individual and nation was immense and appealed to politicians and policy makers to play a key part in helping the profession.

Another speaker at the event, Dr. Madaki Aboi, Head of Department, family medicine, Jos University Teaching Hospital, believed every worker needs exercise.